F = Friendly FAC Q1 = F.A. Cup Qualifying Round 1 KCC R1 = Kettering Charity Cup Round 1 LCC R1 = Luton Charity Cup Round 1.
Bold is a home game. Dallow Lane was closed from the start of the season until the 22nd November as it was being redeveloped (flattening of the pitch and the building of a pavilion) to accomodate football, cricket, athletics and cycling. The club played on at least two other pitches but mainly the Bury Farm meadow.
|20/9/1890||Grove House||F - played on "field adjoining ordinary ground||W 6 0||J. C. Lomax|
|27/9||City Ramblers||F - "Dallow Lane"||W 3 0|
|4/10||93rd Highlanders||FAC Q1 "Field attached to Bury Farm||L 0 7|
|11/10||Great Marlow||F - "Bury Farm Meadow"||L 0 1|
|18/10||Tottenham Hotspur||F - Bury Meadow||W 4 1||Humphrey x 2, Moore, Stanley|
|25/10||Luton Montrose||LCC R1 - Bury Meadow||W 5 0||Moore x 3, F. Whitby, Miller|
|1/11||Old St. Mark's||F - Bury Meadow||W 5 4|
|8/11||Wolverton L & NWR||KCC R1||D 2 2||J.C. Lomax|
|15/11||Crouch End||F||L 3 5|
|22/11||Old St. Mark's||F - Re-opening of Dallow Lane||D 1 1||F. Whitby|
|29/11||Wolverton L & NWR||KCC R1 R||D 1 1||F. Whitby|
|13/12||Park Terriers (Luton)||LCC R2||W 9 0|
|15/1/1891||Wolverton L & NWR||KCC R1 2nd replay at Kettering||L 1 2|
|31/1||London Caledonians||F||W 4 1||H. Whitby x 2, A. Whitby, G, Deacon|
|7/2||Great Marlow||F||D 1 1|
|14/2||Guy's Hospital||F||W 4 1|
|28/2||Bedford||LCC R3||L 1 6||Stanley|
|7/3||Millwall Athletic||F||W 5 2|
|14/3||Wolverton L & NWR||F||W 4 0||H. Whitby, Hills, A. Whitby, F. Whitby|
|21/3||St. John's Stratford||F||W 15 1|
|27/3||1st Scots Guards||F||L 1 3|
|30/3||Upton Rovers||F||W 5 1|
|4/4||City Ramblers||F||W 4 3|
|15/10/1890||Dunstable Grammar School||F||W 7 1|
|11/11||St. George's School (Harpenden)||F||L 0 3|
|15/11||Grove Park||F- Bury Park Ground||D 2 2|
|6/12||Mountaineers||F - Bury Park Ground||W 3 0|
|7/2/1891||Dunstable Grammar School||F||W 5 4|
|18/2||St. George's School (Harpenden)||F||D 2 2|
|27/3||Anchor||F||W 4 2|
|30/3||West Ham Athletic (Dreadnought)||F||L 1 4|
The newspapers hostility towards football slackened somewhat as the Luton Reporter introduced a sports editorial. However, coverage of games was still very patchy. The expectations following the Kettering Charity Cup Final appearance did not materialise. The club, at first, continued to use Harpenden players (teachers from St. George’s School) but they became very unreliable so the club turned to local men. However, the local men could also be unreliable as they worked on Saturday morning so could not always be ready for kick off. For the supporters this could mean a long wait in winter weather and games ending before 90 minutes due to darkness. This obviously did not go down well with the supporters who had paid their hard earned pennies to watch a full game. The club therefore offered lost wages to the players so they could leave work early – thereby making the club the first in the South of England to become professional.
The winter was terrible with snow lying on the ground for weeks. At least 13 games were postponed including the lucrative Christmas Football Festival which meant the loss of much revenue. With progression in the Charity Cup games it meant a very busy time for the Club Secretary, Isaac Smith.
At the AGM the club secretary announced that the club had –
Played 31, W16, L9, D6, Goals For 107, Goals Against 61….but my research reveals the club –
Played 31, W17, L8, D6, Goals For 110, Goals Against 61 I am reliant on the newspaper reports whereas the Club Secretary was at most of the games.
Known first team scorers – H. Whitby 5; F. Whitby, S.F.P. Moore 4; J.C. Lomax, Stanley, A. Whitby 2; G. Deacon, H. Hills, W. Miller 1.